Each month, one male and female League1 Ontario athlete will be selected as the Gatorade Athlete(s) of the Month!
The selected players will have matched their on-field performance, which includes goals scored or shutouts, and minutes played, with off-field attributes that champion leadership, community values and more.
Those selected will earn exclusive prizing from Gatorade Canada, the official sports fuel of League1 Ontario.
Congratulations to the Gatorade Athlete(s) of the Month for June:
Men's - Afram Gorgees (TFC III)
Women's - Diamond Simpson (Woodbridge Strikers)
A marauding right back for the Junior Reds, Afram Gorgees is also remarkably the top scorer for TFC III and a major reason why the team has been top of the table since the start of the 2018 season.
Gorgees scored five goals in TFC III's three league games in June, along with one goal in the team's single Cup game in June (June 23 v Pro Stars).
This scoring record has also put Gorgees in a three-way tie for second in the League1 Golden Boot race.
He's been doing the business at the defensive end too of course, allowing only five goals in seven matches over the season, and only one goal in league play in June and none in Cup play over the month.
Born in Iraq, Gorgees has played for Canada at the U15 and U17 levels and is a player to watch on the national scene for the future.
Congratulations Afram Gorgees on being selected the Gatorade Athlete of the Month for June!
Woodbridge Strikers' defender Diamond Simpson is one of the many weapons in a Woodbridge side that is stacked with talent.
Simpson's highlight reel June moment was in the game winner vs Aurora on June 10, with a solo run from half to beat a defender before unleashing a laser into the top corner from 30+ yards. That strike will certainly be in contention for goal of the season.
A 90 minute player with the Strikers in June league and Cup play, Simpson has also had a important role in making sure the Strikers are joint-first in League1 for goals against and one of only two undefeated teams undefeated in league play.
The Strikers are also currently tied for fourth place, but have one to two games in hand on those they are tied with and all teams above (two points out of third position; three points out of second; ten points out of first).
Further, the Strikers also have the best goal differential in the L1 Cup competition, having been scored on only once in two matches and scoring seven, with a spot in the semi-finals against De Ro coming up on July 22.
Simpson has been a key figure in the team's success and if one glances at her player CV - you can see why. A member of the national program since she was U17, Simpson has represented Canada all over the world.
Simpson broke into the Canadian Women's National Team in 2010, and has four senior caps to her name as well.
Congratulations Diamond Simpson on being selected Gatorade Athlete of the Month for June!
Congratulations to the Gatorade Athlete(s) of the Month for May:
Men's - Marcel Zajac (Sigma FC)
Women's - Jade Kovacevic (FC London)
Sigma FC's Marcel Zajac has been on a roll this season, scoring wonder goals for his club that have regularly been centre-pieces in the weekly highlights.
But Zajac is far more than just a goalscorer. His movement off the ball, eye for a killer pass, and toolbox of skills make him an incredibly dangerous weapon for the Mississauga-based academy.
Six goals in two league games, and two goals in one L1 Cup game, in May has been the obvious fruit of Zajac's labours, which has been enough to put him top of the scoring chart and help keep Sigma on an unbeaten run that has them within striking distance of first place.
Congratulations Marcel Zajac!
FC London's Jade Kovacevic needs no introduction for League1 Ontario followers.
The captain of FC London - current league and L1 Cup holders - has been an unstoppable force for London over the past few seasons, appearing to shred opposing defences at will.
Kovacevic picked up where she left off last season (when she won the League1 Golden Boot and the Women's Division MVP awards) by scoring a whopping 7 goals in just four games in May and guiding FC London back to the top of the table with an unbeaten start to 2018.
Her unflagging leadership, sportsmanship and goalscoring prowess makes for a worthy winner of this Gatorade Athlete of the Month award for May.
Congratulations Jade Kovacevic!